Avoid repeat of 2008 chaos, envoy cautions

January 26, 2012 3:17 pm
German Ambassador Margit Hellwig-Boette/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 26 – As the International day of commemoration of the holocaust was marked on Thursday, Kenyans were urged to learn from such incidences to co-exist peacefully.

German Ambassador Margit Hellwig-Boette said Kenyans should ensure that no tribal violence ever erupts again following the 2008 post election chaos.

“The children of the victims and perpetrators of the crimes against humanity which have been committed in Kenya will surely have more in common than their parents. These children may look to a future without ethnic violence. But I think it is the job of their parents’ generation to make sure that the song of never again will be loud and clear in Kenya,” she said.

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of an estimated six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators in Germany between 1933 and 1948.

The Director General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi Sahle-Work Zewde said there was need to establish links between the past, present and future in order to avoid recurrence.

“This is a reminder to all of us that we have no right to forget but to be more committed to working together for this not to happen again,” she said.

Israeli Ambassador Gil Haskel recounted the story of his father who suffered the holocaust.

“My father’s story is one amongst many but as tragic and sad as his story was, he was still among the lucky children who managed to escape the horrific fate of brutal murder and massacre. One and a half million children were not as lucky,” he said.

This year’s theme was Children and the Holocaust.

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, many of the survivors are said to have found shelter in displaced persons camps. Between 1948 and 1951, almost 700,000 Jews immigrated to Israel, including 136,000 Jewish displaced persons from Europe.


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